Ebola virus disease preparedness and response in Central East Africa

Luke J Vos
Med J Aust 2019; 211 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50360
Published online: 21 October 2019

Frontline challenges in the world's second largest Ebola outbreak, with regional and global implications

As the second largest recorded Ebola outbreak passes its one‐year anniversary, sustained transmission continues, with wide national distribution and isolated instances of regional spread. The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) presents numerous challenges, while Ebola preparedness measures continue in surrounding nations. Since the 2013–2016 West African outbreak, advances against EVD include new management guidelines, along with extended access to vaccination and investigational therapies. On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).1 While the risk of international spread remains low, Australia and other nations must remain vigilant in identifying symptomatic travellers with potential Ebola virus exposure.

  • Luke J Vos

  • Kuluva Hospital, Arua, Uganda


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